The Duke’s Refuge (The Leeward Islands #1)
By: Lorri Dudley
Publisher: Wild Heart Books
Release Date: January 7th, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
Pages: 368 pages
Where You Can Buy It: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Book, Lifeway, and everywhere else books are sold!
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Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
When love comes in a tempest, who knew it would wear pink?
Georgia Lennox has traded in her boyish ways for pink gowns and a coy smile to capture the eye of the Earl of Claremont. However, on the day she’s convinced the earl will propose, Georgia is shipped off to the Leeward Islands to care for her ailing father. But when she arrives on Nevis, the last thing she expects is to learn that her abrupt departure was not at her father’s bidding but that of the infuriating, yet captivating, island schoolmaster. And now her plans may well be shipwrecked.
Harrison Wells is haunted by the memories of his deceased wife and hunted by the subsequent women who aspire to be the next Duchess of Linton. Desiring anonymity, he finds sanctuary in the Leeward island of Nevis. He’s willing to sacrifice his ducal title for a schoolmaster’s life and the solace the island provides. That is until unrest finds its way to Nevis in a storm of pink chiffon—Miss Georgia Lennox.
As Georgia and Harrison’s aspirations break apart like a ship cast upon the rocks, a new love surfaces, but secrets and circumstances drag them into rough waters. Can they surrender their hearts to a love that defies their expectations?
This was such a cute book. I loved the characters, the setting, and the message. Every character was precious and I connected with them well. Max was adorable and probably made this book. I loved Georgia’s and Harrison’s banter that conspired. I had quite a few laughs, specifically with the situation on how they meet. My word, that was hilarious.
I love regency era books and I love how this one was set in the Caribbean. Besides pirate book set during this time, I feel like I hardly see books set in the Caribbean during the 1800s.
The message and the Christian themes throughout made me love it even more. It did get a little preachy at times, but honestly it was a good form a preachy, at least in my opinion. The message was beautiful and about finding your in Jesus and how He is the only one who can fully fulfill you. There also was a huge theme on forgiveness. I LOVE that! I also loved one of the ending scenes. Ugh! I really just forced the whole forgiveness theme and it was amazing!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I definitely think I’ll be checking more of this authors books in the future.
*I received this book from the author through Celebrate Lit. All thoughts are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.*
About the Author
Lorri Dudley has been a finalist in numerous writing contests and has a master’s degree in Psychology. She lives in Ashland, Massachusetts with her husband and three teenage sons, where writing romance allows her an escape from her testosterone filled household.
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